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United Kingdom Linguistics Olympiad

Think. Develop. Discover. Solve.

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Wow your students with UKLO questions

United Kingdom Linguistic Olympiad (UKLO) questions offer students the freedom to explore what is not covered in the classroom. <Find out more>

We’re experts in language

Our linguists and genius puzzle-makers offer you the best expertise in language analysis inside your classroom. <Find out more>

Free for all Schools and Ages

UKLO has always been entirely free for every school. We are a voluntary organisation excelling in the development of student minds. <Find out more>

Enter your students into the competition

Linguistic talent is in every school. We offer the opportunity for the best students to win medals and showcase their skills internationally. <Find out more>

This is an example problem, showing our product. This comes from the 2015 paper Round 1 Question 3 in Polish

UKLO Problem Example

Something’s Wrong!

Can you correct it? Have a think and look at the colour codes. Try to discover some patterns. Too Easy? Check out our harder problems.

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Example from: 2015 Round 1 Question 3 Polish

We would like to thank all schools and students that have participated in UKLO, as well as our very talented test development volunteers who over the years have checked, documented and exceeded 165 different languages in our exam papers.

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Part of the Linguistics Olympiad

A Linguistics Olympiad is a language-analysis competition for secondary schools in which pupils solve language puzzles. A typical puzzle is based on data from some unfamiliar language and requires competitors to work out some part of the system illustrated by the data. The intellectual experiences provided by the Olympiad competitions are not part of the normal school curriculum, but many pupils greatly enjoy the challenge and the competitions promise a number of important educational benefits.

Our Supporters

A big thank you to all of our supporters and donations!

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Our supporters: University of Greenwich, University of Huddersfield,
Trinity College Cambridge, Baal, Liverpool Hope University, Leverhulme Trust, University of Reading, University of Birmingham, University of York, The British Academy, St Mary's University Twickenham London, Association for Language Learning, University of Edinburgh, ISMLA, University of Sheffield, Somerville College, University of Warwick, LAGB, PhilSoc, Manchester Grammar School


Our patron

Olympic Linguist: Christine Ohuruogu

"I am proud of my BA and hold it in high regard along with my athletics medals. I really enjoyed the intellectual challenge of exploring the amazing complexities of language structure, and especially the data problems that were an important part of the teaching. I think that everyone should try to do things that are very difficult for them, whether in sport or in thinking, and that what matters is how hard they try, rather than whether they overcome those particular challenges." - Christine Ohuruogu

We’re very proud to have Christine Ohuruogu as our patron. Everyone knows about her career in athletics, with a record-breaking 9 medals in international competitions between 2005 and 2016. What isn’t quite so well known is that she has a degree in linguistics from UCL, so she’s the perfect patron for us! (She was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by UCL in 2013).

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